Ukraine, EU agreed on next steps for speedy signing of Association Agreement

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych intends to sign a deal on closer European Union ties, the bloc’s top diplomat has said, after weeks of mass protests that have rattled the Eastern European country.

Ukrainian protesters, angry about the government’s decision last month to spurn a free-trade agreement with the EU in favor of closer economic ties with Moscow, have stood their ground in Kiev’s Independence Square, or Maidan, paralyzing the center of the capital.
They have remained there, undeterred by authorities’ overnight crackdown early Wednesday in which police tore down barricades they had set up.

Kyiv and Brussels have agreed on the next steps, which will lead to the signing and implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

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